An Effective Excimer Laser Treatment for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated, sometimes genetic, chronic inflammation of the skin. It can sometimes affect the joints as well (psoriatic arthritis). The red scaly plaques of psoriasis can affect the scalp, face, and body.
How Do Excimer Lasers Work?
The excimer laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to psoriatic lesions through a handpiece. By targeting only active lesions and limiting exposure to healthy skin, the laser delivers high-dose treatment for fast clearing and long remission.
How Does Treatment Compare With Other Psoriasis Treatments?
Unlike topical creams and gels, treatment with the laser does not require any daily maintenance. Each patient is unique, but some patients enjoy several months of treatment - free remission.
Who Is the Right Candidate for the Psoriasis Treatment?
The laser is ideal for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Traditionally, hard-to-treat areas such as knees, elbows, and scalp are easily treated, thanks to the laser aiming beam and adjustable spot size handpiece.
The targeted high-dose therapy can treat stubborn plaques, even those that have not responded to other treatments. Ask us if laser treatment is right for you.
How Safe Is the Treatment?
The laser may have fewer shortcomings than many common psoriasis treatments. Due to the targeted nature of laser therapy, the healthy skin’s exposure is limited.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Treatment will take place in your doctor’s office. First, Dr. Ness will determine the best dosage level for you. Then, the laser therapy is applied. Most treatments take only a few minutes.
Does Psoriasis Treatment Hurt?
Most patients experience no pain or discomfort. A few patients may feel slight warmth shortly after treatment. This warmth is mild and short lived. No anesthesia is needed.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
Dr. Ness will create a customized course of therapy for you based upon the extent, thickness, and location of the lesions.
How Do I Prepare for Psoriasis Treatment?
No extensive preparation is required for laser therapy. Just ensure that the skin to be treated is clean, dry, and free of any makeup, lotion, or creams containing SPF protection.
Are There Side Effects?
The side effects of laser therapy are minimal. Most patients report no side effects. A few patients have reported a mild and short-lived redness at the lesion site. More serious side effects such as blistering and hyperpigmentation are rare and short lived.
Are Laser Treatments Covered by Insurance?
Most insurance companies cover laser treatments, but coverage levels vary by plan. Contact your insurance company or call us for details about your insurance coverage.